Rafael Nadal has been ruled out of ATP Finals to be started from November 11 in London, following an arthroscopic surgery on his ankle. The world No 2 Spaniard was seen leaving the Mapfre Clinic of Tennis Medicine in Barcelona on Wednesday hours after the operation.
On his Facebook page, Nadal announced his withdrawal from the ATP Finals:
I write these words at the end of the season.
It has been a complicated year, very good at the have leveled when I have been able to play and in turn very bad in what injuries refer.
I've done my best to get to the end of the season in good conditions, both in Paris and London, doing things right and I really felt like playing.
Recently, Nadal pulled out of the Paris Masters with an abdominal injury. After failing to recover in time, he withdrew from the event.
Unfortunately, I had the abdominal problem in Paris last week and also, I have a free body in the ankle joint that has to be removed in the o.r. today.
It's true that we had it detected for a long time and every once in a while I was however, since the problem in the abdominal muscle prevents me from playing in London, we take advantage of the moment to remove the free body and avoid future problems.
This way I hope to be in full conditions for the next season.
Thank you all for the support.
Ace rival Novak Djokovic sent well wishes to the fellow tennis star. “This way I hope to be in full condition for next season. Thank you all for the support,” he tweeted.
Nadal's withdrawal in Paris allowed 31 years old Serb to replace him at No 1 in the world rankings.